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Independent 6816/Dac

Posted by neildubya on August 20th, 2008

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Across
1 BE in (ANIMAL)* – LIMA BEAN.
10 MIDDLE-AGE SPREAD – I can’t decide if this is a cryptic definition or if there’s some aspect of the wordplay that I’m missing because I can’t work out what “long before that” might mean.
11 OZ in ALE,LIME (all reversed) – EMILE ZOLA was the first French writer to spring to mind, which was then confirmed by “Australia” (OZ) in the wordplay.
12 COMBS – I used Reveal to confirm this as I can’t find COMBS for “old-fashioned underwear” in either of the dictionaries I have access to. I expect it’s in the Big C.
13 PHRASE – sounds like “frays”.
15 EP(I)TOME
19 BEET,ON – a reference to Mrs Beeton, author of the Book of Household Management.
21 hidden in “chAP PLEasure” – I liked “a small portion will do” as the indicator.
26 N,(MEASLES)* – I have to say that it surprised me that NAMELESS could mean “too horrific to be described”. Seems like an odd meaning for such an innocuous word.
 
Down
1 L,UMBER
2 MIDNIGHT EXPRESS – the film directed by Alan Parker. “Sleeper” is a reference to sleeper trains, of which the midnight express might be one.
6 IMP,ACTIVE
7 T in (SOME COAL)*,(MOVE IT)* – STEAM LOCOMOTIVE. Cleverly done; I guess this must be an &lit as there isn’t a direct definition in the clue.
8 OD-[d] in (ITEMS)* – MODISTES was new to me but not too tricky to get from the wordplay.
9 DEB,AT,E – “treat” can mean to negotiate with someone to settle a dispute so I guess that could be the same as DEBATE?
14 GAME,M in ANON
16 SAS in (TRIED)* – DISASTER.
19 BUSH TEA[-m]
20 AMI,[-l]ENS
23 hidden in “BrowNIE CEremony”.

5 Responses to “Independent 6816/Dac”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    10a MIDDLE AGES (medieval period) PRE AD (a time long before the middle ages)

  2. nmsindy says:

    COMBS is short for combinations, large one-piece garment of yore.

  3. C G Rishikesh says:

    We sometimes speak of nameless fears, don’t we?

  4. Peter Biddlecombe says:

    2D: Sleeper is also a Woody Allen film of the 1970s.

    I thought this was very good and wondered why I’d never seen the Beeton clue before – it seems so obvious.

  5. Wil Ransome says:

    Peter I think that’s what’s so brilliant about Dac: his clues are simple and seem easily created, but at the same time they’re original.

    I thought 7dn and 8dn were quite magnificent.

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